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Utah State University Joins SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

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Utah State University Aviation has entered a new partnership agreement with SkyWest Airlines, giving professional pilot students the opportunity to become a SkyWest Airlines first officer.
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Utah State University Aviation has entered a new partnership agreement with SkyWest Airlines, giving professional pilot students the opportunity to become a SkyWest Airlines first officer.


Under the new program, professional pilot students who have been hired by USU as certified flight instructors are eligible to apply for the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program.


Although the program is designed for flight instructors, all students at USU, regardless of training or academic level, will benefit immediately from the agreement. Specific flight procedures and policies used by SkyWest will be integrated into USU curriculum starting fall 2013, according to Aaron Dyches, chief flight instructor at USU.


“Our training and academics will be tailored to regional jet operations and students will be better prepared to gain employment in the airline industry,” Dyches said. “Our students will also have access to quality time with SkyWest representatives from the time they step into academics and ground school.”


Allan Cline, a current professional pilot student, is excited about the new agreement and what it means for students at USU.


“SkyWest is a very reputable airline within the regional jet industry,” he said. “The Pilot Cadet Program is a great starting point for students who dream of a career in the airlines.”


Students in the Pilot Cadet Program must maintain a minimum grade point average, complete advanced jet training courses and attain the FAA ratings of Commercial Pilot/Instrument, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument. Each cadet will be individually mentored by SkyWest captains and may have the opportunity to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs.


Students who are interested in the SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program can find information online or contact Kaylee Roholt at (435) 797-1795.


About SkyWest Airlines:


Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest Airlines partners with the world’s largest network carriers, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With a fleet of 330 aircraft and more than 10,000 aviation professionals, SkyWest operates more than 1,900 flights each day to 175 destinations throughout North America and carried more than 26.2 million passengers in 2012. For more information, see its website and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.


About Utah State University Aviation


Utah State University offers bachelor of science degrees in aviation technology — professional pilot and aviation technology or maintenance management. USU’s Part 141 flight school operates out of the Logan-Cache airport. Students train in state-of-the art Diamond aircraft and complete the program with a minimum of 200 hours of flight time. During the program, students earn the following: Private Pilot Certification, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Certification and Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Certificate. Students have the option to apply as a USU Flight Instructor to build additional hours. More information is online.


Contact: Taylor Adams, (435) 797-7091, taylor.adams@usu.edu

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